He did not play this season until he was signed by the Cavs after a contract dispute in Golden State. That is worrying, but we must sort out what could, should, and will happen to the team. McCaw's representatives say that is not the case.
The Warriors passed on matching Cleveland's two-year, $6m offer sheet to McCaw over luxury-tax concerns. However, he only ended up playing three games with the Cavaliers, who waived him before that deal would become fully guaranteed. But McCaw lasted less than 10 days with the Cavs.
The Warriors apparently share those concerns and filed a request with the National Basketball Association to investigate the transactions. And now that he is an unrestricted free agent, the former UNLV standout reportedly plans to sign with the Raptors with a veteran's minimum of $786,000 for one year, according to Shams Charania.
The Warriors didn't match the offer, making McCaw a member of the Cavs. "But if the National Basketball Association voided McCaw's contract, he could become a restricted free agent again".
For the Cavs, they would gain favor with agents, which is invaluable for an organization that plays in a small market and isn't exactly attractive to players.
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A Phoenix police spokesman said that "the matter is now under investigation" but declined to give any further details of the case. For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients.
Whatever the real reasoning for the sign-and-release was, the Cavs are now subject to an investigation.
After waiving McCaw, the Cavs, who are now dealing with several injuries, went out and signed point guard Cameron Payne to shore up their ranks at the point guard position.
The Milwaukee Bucks drafted McCaw with the 38th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Investigators likely feel that the team tried to circumvent his restricted free agency. There is precedent for this, as back in 2000, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost five first-round picks due to their negotiations with free agent Joe Smith.
The Raptors announced Thursday that the club had signed McCaw, although terms of the deal were not disclosed.